Plant Type: Perennials
The distinctive flowers of German bearded iris appear on strong stems emerging from fans of medium-green, sword-shaped foliage. Each blossom is comprised of three upright petals called "standards", and three drooping tepals, (petal-like sepals), referred to as "falls". Fuzzy pads known as "beards" are located at the base of the falls, and give this popular garden staple its common name. The fragrant blooms are pollinated by bees and make striking, though short-lived, cut flowers.
Growing & Maintenance Tips:
German bearded iris are tough, adaptable perennials which prefer full sun to light shade and rich, well-drained soil. Plant them with the tops of their slowly spreading, fleshy rhizomes exposed to the air, and divide in late summer if the plants become too large or crowded. These rewarding, long-lived iris deserve a prominent spot in the sunny border.
Flower ColorWhite, blue violet
Soil Moisturelow to average water needs
Characteristics & Attributes
Border plants, Cut flower, Dried flower or seed heads, Drought tolerant, Fragrant flowers, Mass plant, Salt tolerant, Specimen or focal point
Bloom TimeLate spring
ExposurePart to full sun